Music theory and musicianship

Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

We teach a full range of Music Theory classes for Western staff notation, and Musicianship classes to enhance your practical music skills from composition to sight-singing.

Each course is a live, interactive class with presentations, discussions and study exercises lead by your teacher. Most courses run online (via Zoom) and will have an accompanying online ‘Google classroom’ with handouts and sound files to enhance your learning between sessions. To read more visit our blog: Musicianship & Music Theory courses at City Lit

Our staff are all professional musicians - performers, composers and music historians - many with a postgraduate music qualification. Please see individual course outlines for tutor biographies.

Many of our music theory students have used our courses as preparation for ABRSM music theory exams (external to city lit) and achieved excellent results. Students also learn out of curiosity and exams are not compulsory! The vast majority of our students are learning to support their instrumental or singing studies as they have decided they would like to read staff music notation with more confidence.

We have classes for complete beginners as well as advanced students so please email us at music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like help choosing the correct level course for your current need

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  1. Musicianship: aural training with solfa A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 25 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  2. Musicianship: aural training with solfa D
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills. break week: 25 October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  3. Musicianship 2: ear training
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions you will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and routines will be set for you to practise. Music theory is included.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  4. Music theory: counterpoint 1
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
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  5. Song lyric writing for popular music
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. This short course will run online. It functions as a preparation for song writing studies to follow.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  6. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play and sing in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  7. Musicianship 3: harmony
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have completed Musicianship 2 or have equivalent knowledge of music theory, this course introduces harmony from the major scale and includes writing and aural training. Practical and academic training in live online sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  8. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. This online course is suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read music.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  9. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop your rhythm writing and playing. Live classes online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has a scheduled break: 25 Oct 2021;



    and a holiday break: 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec 2021 and 3 Jan 2222.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  11. Music theory: diploma topics 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has a scheduled break week: 25 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  12. Music theory: grade 4
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. break week: 26 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
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  13. Music theory: grade 3
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. break week: 26 October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  14. Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams. NB: this course has a scheduled break on 27th October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. Break week: 31 October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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